I’ve recently been flooded with a lot of questions about reviews. Rather than throwing out random answers, I decided I needed to document the questions and their answers so I can be as concise and consistent as possible.
I review serial works, occasionally novels and anything else that strikes my fancy. The title, Kindle and Coffee means you can assume that the majority of what I review will be digital material.
My husband, Mr Wizard, and I are full time travelers and live an RV. This means we don’t have room or the weight allowance for physical books. Someday I’ll have the space for a library again.
I’ll never post a review for something you can’t find online at the time of the posting. Should something happen and the reviewed work get taken down, the review will remind as well as any information I’ve provided to link readers to the author.
The majority of my reviews will be from Kindle Vella. This doesn’t mean that I won’t provide work from other platforms. As an example, I have a review for a serial on Tapas planned in the near future.
While the genres I write in tend to lean towards thrillers and horror, it doesn’t mean I’m only reviewing them. I have some amazing reviews scheduled for other genres. When it comes down to it, I’m simply a sucker for amazing stories that draw you in.
There’s nothing like being fully immersed in a story, especially horror, and scar the crap out of yourself by doing something normal like taking your dog out for a walk. There’s also nothing like finding yourself so involved that you can’t help but imagine what happens next or how characters would react in other settings. Both are signs of amazing story telling.
No. Authors shouldn’t have to pay for honest and genuine reviews of their work. Some will offer advanced readers copies in trade. In my case, I’d love for authors and their readers to check out my own stories and other stories that I’ve reviewed.
Would I turn down the occasional, small amazon gift card to purchase more tokens? Definitely not! I go through a lot of tokens as I’m an avid and voracious reader. Someday, Amazon will allow us to gift tokens to others. If I had my way, when asking for other reviewers input, I would be able to offer them tokens directly for their time.
I write reviews for several reasons. The most important one is that I love reading and want to encourage authors to keep writing. Posting well rounded, and sometimes entertaining reviews, means that other readers have the opportunity to learn a little more about the work and author. In doing so, potential readers may be more likely to read an author’s story.
I get to share my opinion and draw attention to up and coming authors. I may even gain a few readers out of the process, but more importantly, I get to read a lot of amazing stories.
Under normal circumstances, I’ll be posting reviews weekly. I do my best to have reviews written a week ahead of their posting. This way if something happens, there will still be a review.
If something prevents me from posting, or say… I go on vacation and take a week off… I’ll do my best to ensure that there’s a review written by someone. In either case, I’ll make sure followers know what to expect.
For example, say we travel out to Glacier National Park and camp where there’s no signal of any kind, then I’ll let you know not to expect a post.
My opinion is simply one of many. Sometimes I have a resource in my back pocket who is better versed on a topic that I would love to share with the author and their readers. For example, my developmental editor is a known reviewer for all things zombie related. Because of his expertise, I asked him to throw in on a review of Chew by Naomi Ault.
I currently review works I particularly enjoy. Normally I stumble on these on my own. Sometimes I post on social media, Instagram specifically, asking for story recommendations. There will eventually be a form where readers and authors can recommend stories. At this moment, I’m booked for a few months and am not seeking recommendations. When I am, Instagram will likely be the first place to learn about it.
No. I tend to read for reviews 2 – 3 weeks out. If I have something on my review schedule that doesn’t pan out quality wise, I write a quick critique and send it to the author.
I never want to discourage a new writer from writing when spell check, proof reading or correcting their autocorrect could fix things.
I also don’t want an author held to a bad review over grammar, punctuation, or contradicting themselves when this can be fixed. I’ve done this three times already and those authors are still on the back burner in case their stories can be revisited in the future.
Once I tell you something is in my coffee mug, it’s on and that review is being written.
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